The top house plans and floor plans for 2013

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The top house plans and floor plans for 2013 merge functionality, creativity and convenience. Some plans...

The top house plans and floor plans for 2013 merge functionality, creativity and convenience. Some plans address the needs of multigenerational families, while others focus on providing livable outdoor spaces. From "dream home" to "green home," the experts agree that the trend for 2013 is wide-open spaces for entertainment, along with hidden storage and well-placed nooks.

The National Association of Home Builders

The National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) states that the 2013 trend will reflect more openness in congregational spaces, such as the kitchen. Large home offices will be replaced with small "pocket offices," tucked into pantries or other areas adjacent to the kitchen or family room. Other house plans include window seats and kitchen alcoves to provide additional seating without taking up valuable space. In addition, the laundry will be located next to the master bedroom's walk-in closet.

The NAHB also notes a trend toward rectangular-shaped houses, which are more cost-efficient than the traditional design featuring multiple roof lines. In addition, homeowners are placing two windows with mitered glass in the corners of their rooms, which provides visual interest and maximum light.

Stanton Homes

According to Stanton Homes, which plans and builds upscale communities, the top trends for 2013 include a walk-in pantry and a kitchen island with seating. And in response to the rise in multigenerational families, the trend for 2013 also includes mother-in-law suites that are comparable to master suites.

Outdoor spaces such as covered decks, courtyard patios and screened porches are also among the top design plans for the year, as are second living areas, such as a bonus room or a game room.

HGTV

Perhaps the pinnacle of house and floor plans, the HGTV Dream Home 2013 has a screened-in, cement-slab area for parking under the house, and includes additional room for storage and outdoor activities.

On the main floor, the living room features an open floor plan with a 24-foot ceiling in the great room. There's a gourmet kitchen adjacent to the butler's pantry, which leads to the laundry room. The main floor also includes a powder room, master bedroom and master bath. A rear deck and a "plunge" pool complete the floor for this level.

The vaulted ceiling is continued on the upper floor, which features an open living room and is flanked by a bedroom and bathroom on either side.

If you're considering remodeling your home to reflect these top trends, an Atlanta-area remodeler can help you choose the best plan for your style and budget.

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